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If You Can't Find Anything Good To Say...

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I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus 1 Corinthians 1:4   A number of churches have been immortalized in the Scripture because of their excellence.  In Philadelphia they loved the brothers, the church at Jerusalem went on mission to the known world, the church at Berea studied the word of God...

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Fluctuating Gravity

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1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.   Gravity is the force of attraction that exists between all matter.  We experience it most commonly in the fact that all objects with mass are drawn to the earth.  Consequently, we slip and we fall, we drop a glass and it descends to the floor, rain fall...

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Encouraged by George Mueller

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“…The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16 I am spending a few weeks preaching on the model prayer from the Sermon on the Mount. Seldom is the time I teach on prayer that I am not reminded of George Mueller. Mueller was an evangelist who lived in the 1800’s. He is widely remembered for his work with orphans ...

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A Good Act and A Bad Motive

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“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1 I am fully capable of turning a “would-be righteous act” into a perverse exhibition of my own self-centeredness. Case in point…. A number of years ago, a friend of mine ...

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He Lives

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…Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.7 Then he appeared to James, the...

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Happy International Women's Day

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Yesterday was International Women’s Day. Some countries have held similar observances for over a century. However, in 1975 the United Nations invited countries around the world to recognize March 8 of each year to raise awareness for women’s rights. This year, the day was marked by proclamations, protests, and praise all around the world. I want to use the occa...

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Redeemed To Life

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“In him we have redemption…” Ephesians 1:7 Norma McCorvey died this last week. Her name might not be very recognizable to you, but Mrs. McCorvey was the plaintiff in the most significant lawsuit in our nation’s history: Roe vs Wade. She was the young woman who was known initially by the alias “Jane Roe”. At the age of 22, she became th...

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Coming Out

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"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel..." Romans 1:16 In the last half century, the phrase “coming out of the closet” has been adopted by the homosexual community to describe the act of making their sexual preference public knowledge. However, prior to that, the phrase was simply used to describe anything private that was being made known public. It is likely ba...

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So Far As It Depends On You

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If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 Every now and then I come across a subject thats significance has not stood out to me before. This happened recently as I was studying the Beatitudes. Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” As I studied further, I found there are a number...

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What Does It Mean To Me?

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“…your word is truth.” John 17:17 Our country is in the process of confirming a new Supreme Court justice. As the process proceeds over the next few weeks, you may become aware of the chasm that exists within our government over exactly how the Constitution of the United States should be interpreted. If you will bear with me, I want to give a VERY simpl...

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What Is A Fact?

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“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8 ...

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Inauguration Day

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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 Today, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president on the United States. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of American democracy. Watching an outgoing President sit in support of someone new taking the office is a much different experience than...

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Our Motivation to Forgive

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This last Sunday I spent a few moments preaching about forgiveness. Anytime I do that, I always feel like I leave too much unsaid. So, over the next few weeks, I am going to write a few articles about forgiveness. Hopefully, they will help us recognize what forgiveness is (and is not), and encourage us to live in a spirit of forgiveness. Forgiveness of sins is at the hear...

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Race Horses And Plow Horses

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This week I am continuing an ongoing discussion about forgiving others. Forgiving people is one of the more common (and also challenging) aspects of the Christian life. It is inevitable that people will do hurtful things to you, but the Lord has called us all to forgive as we have been forgiven. So over the next weeks we will look at different aspects of forgiveness, an...

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"For", Not Just "About"

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This week I am continuing an ongoing discussion about forgiving others. Forgiving people is one of the more common (and also challenging) aspects of the Christian life. It is inevitable that people will do hurtful things to you, but the Lord has called us all to forgive as we have been forgiven. So over the next weeks we will look at different aspects of forgiveness, an...

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Forgive and Forget?

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This week I am continuing an ongoing discussion about forgiving others. Forgiving people is one of the more common (and also challenging) aspects of the Christian life. It is inevitable that people will do hurtful things to you, but the Lord has called us all to forgive as we have been forgiven. So over the next weeks we will look at different aspects of forgiveness, an...

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The Choice To Forgive

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This week I am continuing an ongoing discussion about forgiving others. Forgiving people is one of the more common (and also challenging) aspects of the Christian life. It is inevitable that people will do hurtful things to you, but the Lord has called us all to forgive as we have been forgiven. So over the next weeks we will look at different aspects of forgiveness, an...

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Only The Strong Can Forgive

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This week I am continuing an ongoing discussion about forgiving others. Forgiving people is one of the more common (and also challenging) aspects of the Christian life. It is inevitable that people will do hurtful things to you, but the Lord has called us all to forgive as we have been forgiven. So over the next weeks we will look at different aspects of forgiveness, an...

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It's Not OK!

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This week I am continuing an ongoing discussion about forgiving others. Forgiving people is one of the more common (and also challenging) aspects of the Christian life. It is inevitable that people will do hurtful things to you, but the Lord has called us all to forgive as we have been forgiven. So over the next weeks we will look at different aspects of forgiveness, an...

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I'm Sorry

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This week I am continuing an ongoing discussion about forgiving others. Forgiving people is one of the more common (and also challenging) aspects of the Christian life. It is inevitable that people will do hurtful things to you, but the Lord has called us all to forgive as we have been forgiven. So over the next weeks we will look at different aspects of forgiveness, an...

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The Free Gift Has A Cost

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This week I am continuing an ongoing discussion about forgiving others. Forgiving people is one of the more common (and also challenging) aspects of the Christian life. It is inevitable that people will do hurtful things to you, but the Lord has called us all to forgive as we have been forgiven. So over the next weeks we will look at different aspects of forgiveness, an...

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving For Forgiveness!

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I light of the season and the fact that I have been writing on forgiveness for the last few weeks, I sat down and wrote a thanksgiving prayer. I hope that you can pray it with me, and may you have a great Thanksgiving!! ...

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Santa Needs To Hear The Gospel

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“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6 Nicholas was a bishop who lived during the fourth century in Asia Minor. He had a reputation for helping the poor. One of the legends that sprung up following his death is concerning one particular man who ...

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Compassion Fatigue

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And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Our world is inundated with instant access news. We can know what happened on the other side of the planet in minutes. That being the case, every day has reports of new tragedy. Here are some shocking statistics: In 2015, the U.S. State Department counted 11,774...

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